The Four Dimensions of Principal Leadership A Framework for Leading 21st Century Schools

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-27
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The Four Dimensions of Principal Leadership offers readers an invaluable guide to the latest reforms and modifications to school systems. Comprehensively incorporating each major leadership principle advocated for modern school leaders, the text not only gives the opportunity to read and study leadership principles, it also provides inventories, activities, and real life scenarios that turn theory into practice.

Author Biography

Reginald Leon Green is Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Memphis where he teaches courses with a focus on instructional leadership and participatory governance and change. He received the Ed. D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has served at the teacher, principal, deputy superintendent, and superintendent levels of K-12 education.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Introductionp. x
Establishing a Foundation for Leadership in Schoolsp. 1
Preparing Leaders for 21st-Century Schoolsp. 1
Introductionp. 2
21st-Century School Leadership Definedp. 3
Standards, Competencies, and Accountability Measuresp. 5
The Competenciesp. 9
Styles of Leadership for 21st-Century Schoolsp. 11
Accountability Measuresp. 16
Making the Connection: The Remaining Chaptersp. 17
Implications for Leadershipp. 19
Reflective Practicep. 20
Chapter Essentialsp. 20
Referencesp. 21
Dimension 1: Understanding Self and Othersp. 23
Leading with an Understanding of Selfp. 24
Introductionp. 25
The Value of Understanding Selfp. 27
Observing the Effects of Leader Behaviorp. 31
Scenario: The Leadership Behavior of Principal Carterp. 31
Benefits from Acquiring an Understanding of Selfp. 38
Outcome from Acquiring an Understanding of Selfp. 44
Implications for Leadershipp. 44
Reflective Practicep. 45
Chapter Essentialsp. 45
Referencesp. 46
Leading with an Understanding of Othersp. 48
Introductionp. 49
Developing an Understanding of Othersp. 49
The Benefit of Understanding Othersp. 55
Implications for Leadershipp. 60
Reflective Practicep. 61
Chapter Essentialsp. 62
Referencesp. 63
Dimension 2: Understanding the Complexity of Organizational Lifep. 64
The Social Interaction in Schoolsp. 65
Introductionp. 66
Organizations Definedp. 66
Scenario: Harpo Allen Middle Schoolp. 67
Elements Contributing to the Complexity of Organizational Lifep. 69
Implications for Leadershipp. 81
Reflective Practicep. 82
Chapter Essentialsp. 82
Referencesp. 83
Perspectives on School Structure: Chaos or Efficiencyp. 85
Introductionp. 86
Organizational Structure Definedp. 86
The Different Types of Structurep. 89
Structural Configurations for the 21st-Century Schoolhousep. 95
Scenario: Superintendent Chooses First Year Principal to Lead Fresh Start Schoolp. 99
Implications for Leadershipp. 108
Reflective Practicep. 109
Chapter Essentialsp. 109
Referencesp. 110
The Principal's Role in Establishing and Retaining a Quality Teaching Facultyp. 112
Introductionp. 113
Teacher Recruitment, Selection, Induction, and Placementp. 113
Instructional Supervisionp. 118
A Mentoring Program for Teachersp. 121
Professional Development and Career Advancementp. 124
Implications for Leadershipp. 126
Reflective Practicep. 127
Chapter Essentialsp. 127
Referencesp. 128
Dimension 3: Building Bridges Through Relationshipsp. 130
Developing Relationships for Effective Leadership in Schoolsp. 131
Introductionp. 132
Relationships Definedp. 133
The Importance of Establishing Positive Relationships in Schoolsp. 133
Types of Relationships Needed to Foster Goal Attainmentp. 135
Approaches to Building Effective School Relationshipsp. 140
Benefits Derived from Establishing Effective Relationshipsp. 146
Implications for Leadershipp. 147
Reflective Practicep. 148
Chapter Essentialsp. 148
Referencesp. 149
Dimension 4: Engaging in Leadership Best Practicesp. 151
Utilizing Leadership Practices for Educational Renewalp. 152
Introductionp. 153
Understanding Best Practicesp. 153
The Thirteen Core Competencies and Related Best Practicesp. 154
Putting Best Practices into Actionp. 170
Implications for Leadershipp. 171
Reflective Practicep. 171
Chapter Essentialsp. 172
Referencesp. 173
Putting Instructional Leadership into Practice: A Model for Instructional Improvementp. 175
Introductionp. 176
Setting the Stage for Changep. 176
Creating and Communicating the Visionp. 177
Identification of the Discrepancyp. 181
Selecting the Program Strategyp. 182
Assessing the School's Capacity for Changep. 183
Building the Capacity for Changep. 185
Implementing the Identified Changep. 186
The Evaluation Phasep. 188
Implications for Leadershipp. 191
Reflective Practicep. 192
Chapter Essentialsp. 192
Referencesp. 193
Concluding Thoughtsp. 195
Relating Phases of Instructional Change to the 13 Core Competenciesp. 197
Suggested Readingsp. 203
Roles and Responsibilities of the Principalp. 206
The Key Elements of Impacting Schoolsp. 208
Twelve Educational Postulates: An Agenda for 21st-Century Educational Leadersp. 213
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